From 26/05/2012. Probably apologizing for the smoking alien in the top left corner.
Also from 26/05/2012. Appears that he or she came back to reassert the “I”.
Reminds me of a quote from R. Crumb:
“I despise modern music. Words cannot express how much it gets on my nerves – the false, pretentious, smug assertiveness of it. I hate business, having to deal with money. Money is one of the most hateful inventions of the human race. I hate the commodity culture, in which everything is bought and sold. No stone is left unturned. I hate the mass media, and how passively people suck up to it.”
I think this is a neat dichotomy. The first message is completely positive. It’s very loose and happy with a whimiscal capitization of letters, a funky heart, and a bright yellow background. The second message is depressing. It’s scribbled in very small lettering, inside some other graffiti. It’s cowering in its presentation and its sarcasism. As with most of the messages I come across, both of these examples give the impression of only taking a minute to bring into existance. But their form, which is amazingly pitch-perfect, probably says as much about the message as the words themselves.
Lately I’ve noticed that the two categories that I have established as “graffiti” and “curiousities” require more definition. To help this, I am creating a new series for “messages”. Although this new series will technically feature graffiti or a type of vandalism as before, it will feature only simple written messages. These examples can be peeled off from core group because they have no obvious design element. This will also give more room to “curiousities” to allow that series to focus on only the truly strange or bizarre.
Hopefully that wasn’t too boring of a spiel. I’d like to talk about the message above now. I took this picture today and I assumed at the time that “snail party” was a group, like a band, or imaginary political party, or a clique of friends. Now I realize after looking at it a little that the author might be talking about how great a particular snail was at partying. And as added bonus we get to know Ryley’s religious persuasion.